The U-nique Lou Fox

The U-nique Lou Fox
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August 16, 2022
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It isn’t easy being Louisa Elizabeth Fitzhenry-O’Shaughnessy—especially with dyslexia. She prefers Lou Fox, the dream name she’ll use one day as a famous Broadway playwright. In the meantime, Lou is stuck in fifth grade with Mrs. Snyder, a total Shadow Phantom of a teacher who can spot a daydream from across the room but doesn’t know anything about ADHD. Mrs. Snyder’s constant attention is ex-cru-ci-a-ting. If only she would disappear.

Fortunately, life isn’t all a-tro-cious. There’s The Haunting at Lakeside School, the play Lou is writing and directing for her two best friends. And soon she’ll be a big sister at last. Nothing could ruin the joy of those things...right?

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What worked:
The book describes the problems associated with dyslexia and ADHD. These two disabilities make school especially difficult for Louisa, as she struggles to read and pay attention. Dyslexia makes letters on the page get mixed up, so reading textbooks and directions from the board require extra concentration. However, the ADHD causes her mind to wander and leads to conflicts with her teacher. Her frustrations result in impulsive comments and behaviors that get her into additional trouble. She views her teacher as the Shadow Phantom, and Lou sees their relationship as opposing forces. The unfolding story requires both of them to better understand the other. Lou’s command of verbal language and her knowledge of word definitions make it hard for others to understand her issues. The story is told from Lou’s point of view, so readers share her thoughts and feelings as events start to unravel.
Lou’s parents are extremely supportive and loving, but their announcement of her mom’s pregnancy creates mixed emotions. Lou is excited to become a big sister, and her two close friends, Lexie and Nakessa, are equally enthusiastic for her. However, Lou overreacts to small things around the house and becomes jealous of the unborn sibling. Readers with younger brothers and sisters can relate to her since the family dynamics are forced to change. Parent time will be divided with an additional child, and Lou’s life as an only child leaves her feeling unprepared for the necessary adjustments.
Luckily, Lou is distracted by the upcoming presentation of a play that she’s producing with Lexie and Nakessa. Most of the chapters describe their progress as the play evolves, and it’s the source of creativity, happiness, and potential conflict. The three girls meet every day before school under an oak tree to stretch and chat. They call themselves the Bendables, and Lou’s future backup plan is to join Cirque de Soleil if her playwriting career doesn’t work out. Lou’s friends are super supportive and understanding, and they try to remind her to make wise choices when they see her frustration boiling over. They’re tolerant of Lou’s moods and encourage her to express her creativity and artistic talents. However, Lou must learn how to control her behavior and become the best friend and big sister she can be.
What didn’t work as well:
Lexie and Nakessa are very important characters, but they’re flat. The author doesn’t provide many details about their lives beyond school, so it’s difficult for readers to make connections. More character development would make it easier to become emotionally involved, but the story of Lou’s struggles with learning problems and becoming a big sister carry the plot.
The Final Verdict:
Appreciate those close to you. The author is able to evoke empathy for Louisa, as she becomes overwhelmed by the challenges faced every day. The plot isn’t overly complicated, but the feeling of normalcy helps to make the book approachable. This book became more than I expected, and I highly recommend you give it a shot.
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